From the recent statements of Asif Zardari and Prime Minster Yousaf Raza Gilani, it is pretty evident that these two PPP stalwarts are not on the same wavelength in their perceptions about the President. While the former ostensibly considers him as 'a relic of the past' who is hanging on unlawfully to the Presidency, the latter professes respect him and desires no confrontation with him. Whatever might be the Prime Minster's compulsions in this regard, it certainly does not behove him to have a soft corner for the President who had usurped power by violating the constitution and created an unprecedented judicial crisis. What prompted these confusing utterances is still an enigma that can potentially push the country even deeper into the quagmire of uncertainty. Perhaps, Asif Zardari conjured this clever way to revive his declining image. The Prime Minister's assessment of President Musharraf though appears to be more in line with his party's policy which prima-facie endorses a working relationship with the incumbent. Be that as it may, if Zardari honestly believes in what he has said about the President, he must let the law take its course under the constitution so that justice is done. For any future adventurist who dreams of seizing power by the use of force, this will no doubt act as a deterrent. -FAROOQ ZAMAN, Lahore, via e-mail, May 29.